Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Transportation Bill Fails in PA House

The Pennsylvania $2.3 billion transportation bill fell apart yesterday.  Had it been approved, the bill would have spent $1.65 billion per year repairing our roads and bridges, $497 million for mass transit funding and $144 million for “multi-modal” transportation over five years.  To pay for it, the bill relied largely on increasing the fees on traffic citations, increasing driver's license fees, increasing vehicle registration costs, and lifting the cap on Pennsylvania's gas tax.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Republican Reps. Boback, Heffley, Pickett, Toohil and Democratic Reps. Farina, Flynn, Haggerty, Kavulich, Mullery, Mundy, Pashinski voted against the bill.

Pennsylvania has over 25,000 state-owned bridges, the third highest number of bridges in the United States.  But, because our bridges are, on average, over 50 years old, we also lead the nation in structurally deficient bridges.  According to the most recent data, 1,521,632 children are bused to school every day, traveling Pennsylvania's decrepit roads and deficient bridges.

It isn't enough for the State Reps captioned above to simply say no to fixing Pennsylvania's roads and bridges.  If they cannot support the current bill, fine.  Propose your own.  Take responsibility for the assets put in your care or let someone else do the job you refuse to do.

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